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Domestic violence and sexualityWhat’s love got to do with it?$
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Catherine Donovan and Marianne Hester

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447307433

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447307433.001.0001

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Setting the context

Setting the context

sexuality matters

(p.57) THREE Setting the context
Domestic violence and sexuality

Catherine Donovan

Marianne Hester

Policy Press

This chapter discusses the implications of the heterosexual assumption for LGBTQ people generally and specifically in relation to DVA. The trend within LGBTQ communities for a human rights approach to equality is discussed and illustrated with findings from the COHSAR survey where most believed the experience and impact of DVA to be the same across sexuality. The notion of minority stress as a factor in same sex DVA is problematised. Evidence is presented that the heterosexual assumption can result in identity abuse within same sex (and trans) relationships. An exploration follows of the particular vulnerabilities to experiencing DVA faced by those in first same sex relationships, regardless of age. It is argued that it is the intersectional positioning of LGBTQ people as outside the heteronorm that create unequal knowledge and skills about and experiences of intimacy and inhibit the recognition of DVA in same sex relationships.

Keywords:   heterosexual assumption, sex and relationship education, same sex marriage, first same sex relationships, minority stress, same sex DVA

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